Keller J Johnson
Keller Johnson Construction, Inc.
Keller Johnson Construction, Inc. and Capital Investments of Conway, LLC, is the vision of Keller J Johnson, who says being self-employed comes quite naturally. “I have been self-employed almost all of my life,” he explains. “By the time I was 21 years old, I started my first business. From there I continued to explore my interests, and in 1997, I built and acquired my first rental property. Over the years, I expanded into construction full time and started Keller Johnson Construction, Inc.”
Over the last 18 years, the company has grown from commercial and residential rental property to commercial and residential construction and a combination of various other projects.
“I love the idea of starting from nothing and building something,” he says. “Having a vision and seeing the end product — this business has allowed me to incorporate my passion for working hard and earning a life for myself, but most importantly into a career that excites me, keeps me driven, and is something that I love.”
Johnson says his employees describe him as more than just as boss. “To me, and them, we’re family, and Conway is our home — that is the root of my business as a whole. We’re a wholesome company that truly cares about every project and person we come in contact with. “I am constantly trying to encourage them, push them, as well as try to be a positive role model.”
Perhaps this business/family model stems from the lessons instilled to Johnson by several great mentors, one of which, was his father. “My dad, James Johnson, taught me how to work hard have a vision and complete projects,” he says. “
Away from work, Johnson spends a lot of time with his family cooking and grilling and working on sentimental projects. His family (all of them) will play a big part in his future,” Johnson says. “I see myself continuing to grow my company, loving my career, being surrounded by my incredible family, and continuing to work hard at the life I have built, and improving not only professionally but also personally as well as continuing to try to inspire others,” he says.
As for working, long-term goals include finishing big projects he’s been working on and continue to expand his businesses to serve more of the Conway and Faulkner County community.
“Take care of the small stuff and the big stuff will take care of itself”
“How you fall isn’t near as important as how you get back up”
“People that aren’t willing to walk away from a deal--sometimes make bad deals”
“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck more than likely, it’s a duck”
“Go with your gut!”
“Don’t step over a dollar to make a dime”
“God gave you two ears and one mouth; listen twice as much as you speak”
Keller Johnson Construction, Inc.
Conway native, Christi Johnson has a sense of commitment that she hopes to pass along to the next generation...just as her parents and grandparents did for her. Just out of college with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Christi never dreamed that one day she wouldn't be teaching school. After years of teaching and serving for the Arkansas Early Childhood Education Association, she transitioned into working along side husband, Keller, to expand his rental property and construction business.
Christi has been Vice President for Capital Investments of Conway LLC, and Keller Johnson Construction Inc. for 12 years. She's also honored to be the Event Chair for the American Cancer Society.
What she hopes to bring to her industry is not something that is necessarily uniquely female. “As a woman I don't think I bring something new or innovative to the industry necessarily. Rather as a woman I feel I add a sense of dedication, detail and care. It's more than the projects. It's a lifestyle with a sense of commitment to the growth of the companies we have worked so hard to develop over the years. That also applies to the people we have had the fortunate opportunity to work with”, she said.
The team she works with every day is important to the business' success. “At the end of the day, great companies can have great leaders – men or women – but without a great support staff, you will not achieve success. Thankfully we are blessed with a great group of young, motivated people that work to achieve the growth and goals we have in all our businesses.”
Christi and her brother, James Breeding, were given great life lessons from wonderful grandparents as well as their parents, Benny and Teno Breeding. “It's important to me to pass along a legacy of hard work and ethics to the next generation, as it was passed to me”. The next generation includes children Kristen, Kerrick and Kinleigh as well as grandson Jaxson. “We try to mentor the people we work with to set high expectations for themselves and to see how hard work pays off. Success is not given, it is earned.”
In the future, Christi sees careful planning as the key for her company's success. “For our property management company, that may be acquiring more commercial and residential properties in and around Conway along with out of state as well. For the construction company, it will be to continue to grow the company through development and home building that give a sense of community. We don't want to just build a house – we want to build a place someone loves and is excited to call home. There will always be a need for good quality homes and spaces where commercial business can thrive. I think we will continue to be a part of that, and continue to contribute to the Conway community and the surrounding area.”